13:15

When your plan B looks like this! Col d'Aspin closed for logging so hit up Hourquette d'Ancizan instead. Perfect day!

12:11

Rolling hills & white stone villages. Was hoping to pass some autumnal vineyards but saw more fruit trees today. Doh!

10:56

Today's ride: seemingly endless rolling hills, little villages & a surprisingly busy Tolosa complete with brass band!

10:51

Road sign said 26% but saw 30% gradient on the Garmin today. Yikes! Beautiful day on the bike all the same smile

10:09

Today's ride: Coastal warm up before some brutal inland gradients. Full summer kit. Amazing mid-October conditions!

14:44

Today's ride: Past a couple of 350/1000yo monasteries & ridge of amazing views. Looking forward to tapas tonight! smile

13:15

Haven't been here since summer hols! Nice little cruise dodging llamas & sheep & enjoying beautiful autumn colours smile

14:18

Too much fun rolling round countryside like this to stop for pics, but got to last descent of day & thought I should!

13:27

Today's ride: Unbelievably took top 10 Strava spot up a HC climb! Beautiful day for it too. Smiling all the way! smile

10:21

Just back from hols mostly riding in mountains & by lakes. What to do? Cycle Lac d'Estaing for more of the same! grin

12:51

Nice spin in Parc naturel regional des Volcans d'Auvergne. Quite a mouthful! But great park could spend more time in.

07:50

Easy morning ride through vineyards & villages of southern Bourgogne. Impressive monastery in Rimont. Lovely area.

11:34

Today's ride: awesome Black Forest tonne... & a bit! grin Bit toasty (cue obligatory ass sweat picture). Erm, sorry? wink

10:16

Today's ride. Too spectacular for words! Lake Lucerne, Lake Zug, Sattel, Schwyz, Illgau & return. Just wow!

10:09

Grimsel Pass with an Italian champion. Nice! Was gonna do Furka Pass too but torrential rain came & killed that plan!

09:19

Unbelievable Italian/Swiss ride. Lakes, spectacular Maggia Valley & super technical descent to the finish! Love it!

10:16

Today's ride: Lakes Orta & Maggiore. Ridiculously beautiful! Many cyclists out & even traffic is well behaved smile

09:51

Col de la Colombiere loop. Criterium du Dauphine here a few days ago so road silky smooth. Beautiful climb & descent!

06:55

Today's dawn ride: river Rhone, sheep, canals, Lac du Bourget, a tiny chapel, col du Chat & Jongieux vinyards. Phew!

11:33

Beaut day up the Tourmalet, if a tad breezy. Obligatory banana gets defocused as little fluffy clouds look nicer wink

10:26

Random pics in Arrens-Marsous on today's ride. Beautiful! Perfect weather, quiet roads & feeling great. Happy days smile

11:41

Cruising the Prades Mountains. Awesome quiet roads, views from every one. More kays & climbing than Tourmalet loop!

10:19

Today's ride: beautiful route from Spanish coast through vineyards, forests, hills & back. Springtime perfection! smile

11:35

Vilaplana church. Great ride from the Med through villages like this, forests & climbs. Perfect weather. Love it! smile

13:05

Today's ride: beautiful spin in spring sunshine. Random photo stop in Saint-Sever-de-Rustan (abbey in background).

14:54

13 days ago was skiing fresh powder here. Now epic snow walls for today's ride! + few zones of, erm, CX training? wink

17:51

Back from today's ride in the nick of time! Step off bike, crack a beer, watch 6 Nations while I stretch. Great game!

13:34

Passing Lac du Gabas out on birthday tonne. Should just make room for all the beer, curry & dessert that's coming! tongue

11:58

Riding through stunning autumn colours. Sometimes not all about the mountains, though they do look amazing today too!

10:46

Change from the coast, some nice hills around here too. Village of Hostalric a stand out in it's Autumn colours. Wow!

11:54

Just what you want to see on a recovery ride wink Head NE from Llafranc beach (very pretty place) if you fancy it! grin

10:52

More beaches & beautiful little villages today. Gotta say am liking the off season here - quiet & perfect weather smile

11:20

Today's ride: From Spanish coast into hills & back, then coastal road dropping down to the occasional beach. Awesome!

09:52

From beach, inland into rolling hills & finale over Jaizkibel coastal road. Latter in particular has amazing views!

12:36

Today's ride: popped over into Spain, as you do wink It's all Basque Country though & such a beautiful region. Love it!

14:57

At last! New signage & decked seating area atop the Tourmalet. So everyone finally knows where your pics are taken wink

09:59

Today's ride: Font Romeu -> 34km descent (blast down the N116) -> beautiful climbs back to the start. Love this area!

11:17

Port de Lers & Col de Port. Former a testy little bugger who's stats don't do it justice. Absolutely beautiful tho.

15:52

Today's ride: Just a short one, but found some crazy hairpins above Verdun here in the Ariege. Niiiiice smile

11:53

Beautiful day for big cols but August weekend means lots of tourist traffic up there. 105km in the foothills instead!

11:04

Insert obligatory beer... erm... banana shot! wink Today's perfection at Hautacam & Col du Tramessel. Cheers!? grin

16:08

Smashed my PR up East side of the Tourmalet. Loving 25-30C temps so pretty Aussie still - locals hate this 'heat'! wink

11:30

Ride to Atlantic & back via some, erm, interesting 'roads'! It ain't Sydney sad But then again - it ain't Sydney smile wink

11:01

Today's ride: little recovery spin in more rolling terrain... with 20% pinches thrown in because... Basque region! wink

20:24

Today's ride: Basque Epic from St-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Brutal gradients. Beautiful scenery. To Spanish border & back.

11:03

Sublime Col d'Aspin today: PR the climb, home in time for stage 1 of le Tour, beer & delicious lunch. Life is good smile

12:41

Riding past snowdrifts in full summer kit: what a day! Personal best time for Tourmalet West too #FasterWithAge wink smile

11:19

What a morning for a ride. Stunning up at Gazost. Sealed road in this valley ends 9.9km from home, which is handy! wink

15:15

Lucky to say endless awesome parcours within 10km of home. This spot only 2.5km for example. Yes, v.lucky! #StaySafe

12:56

Today's ride: Above the clouds in glorious sunshine. Col d'Aspin. Sublime.